Who We Are

Tobins Lake Studios Inc, was incorporated in 1952 as a theatrical production company. As it provided scenery and lighting for theatre and trade show events in the 40s and 50s an inventory of scenic backdrops was created. Numerous requests for the drops made the founder, Robert Mellencamp, decide to further develop an inventory specifically for the rental customer. Tobins Lake Studios was one of the first companies to offer this service to the performing arts industry. Emma Mellencamp, Robert’s wife was a notable costume designer of the time. One of her passions was period Armor. Mr. Mellencamp and his very talented team at Tobins Lake Studios came up with Idea of creating Armor out of plastic. A custom vacuum machine was designed and built, molds were sculpted and the first vacuum formed products were produced for the theatre. You may still be able to dust off an old Parker & Smith theatre desk reference and find a discussion of that first entrance into the theatre.

In 1980 Mr. Mellencamp retired and sold the corporation to the current owner Daniel Willoughby. Mr Willoughby, a professional lighting designer with a degree in theatre arts picked up the torch and proceeded to add to the already significant inventory of scenic art.  He also developed a lighting production company that grew and was eventually incorporated and separated from Tobins Lake Studios in 1997.

Thanks to a very loyal customer base Tobins Lake Studios continues to thrive, adding new backdrops and draperies every year. Our love of the art form and our passion for quality customer service will always be part of our signature.

Our Services

Scenic Backdrop Rental

We have hundreds of backdrops painted with well known plays in mind. All, with our ability to ship directly to your door.

Scenic Drapery

We have a wide selection of rental draperies made out of velour and other specialty fabrics. Some of the draperies are available in large sizes up 32’ tall.

Easy Armor & Easy Ornament

Our light weight vacuum formed plastic for Stage and Film sold in an unfinished state for you to adapt for your specific production.

Design Services

Let our experienced talented professionals design Scenic Art for that special event or production.